Last update 29. November 2021 Reading time 1:46 min
Curbo is a simple, app-based subscription service that offers drivers in Ontario the chance to choose one of 12 cars for between 1 and 4 months. Drivers don’t have stated mileage limits like with other subscription companies, and the vehicles can also be used for jobs in the ride economy. Curbo can deliver the vehicles depending on your location, and the service is available at locations throughout Ontario.
How it works
Curbo users start by downloading the app, uploading the relevant documents, then choosing their vehicle of choice, delivery option and subscription length. Curbo don’t check your credit score, but if you have a finance freeze or owed debt to your name, you won’t be able to use the service.
- You must have a valid G driver license in Ontario.
- You must be at least 23 years of age.
- You can’t have any major criminal convictions or moving violations.
- You can’t have more than 1 at-fault accident in the past 3 years
Costs and fees
Curb customers must pay a $49 joining fee and a refundable deposit of $350, which is paid back at the end of the subscription term. While the mileage limit is 3000kms, further upgrades can be negotiated prior to the start of the subscription for those who need to use the car for longer distances or times.
The cost of subscription ranges from $799 to $949 plus HST, with a maximum period available of 120 days (4 months).
Brands and models
Curbo customers can choose from 6 SUVs and 6 Sedans:
- Honda CRV or Civic
- Hyundai Tucson or Elantra
- VW Tiguan or Jetta
- Mazda CX-5 or 3
- Nissan Rogue
- Toyota RAV-4 or Corolla
- Kia Forte
The minimum sign-up is 30 days, and the contract can roll for up to 120 days. Customers can cancel at the end of each 30-day period.
What’s Special about Curbo?
Essentially, Curbo provide a typical service for subscription companies, which is comparable to others in Canada and across the border in the States. However, the main points of difference are that there are no credit checks and sign-up is easy, but also that customers can use their vehicles for the ride economy, with companies like Uber or Lyft. This is a rarity in the car subscription market and when coupled with the generous standard mileage allowance, Curbo’s offering has several clear benefits, particularly to high-use customers.
Curbo have gone out of their way to make their subscription service quick, easy and open to as many customers as possible. With an app-based sign-up and no credit checks, as well as a carefully curated list of vehicles to choose from, the service will appeal to families, people in business, young drivers and even to gig economy workers, who can use their vehicles for their work. The mileage allowance is generous and all the standard extras (insurance, maintenance, valet, breakdown) are also included, meaning that Curo have covered almost all bases in their model.